PhD opportunity in millennial dendrochronology to disentangle multiple drivers of forest productivity (eastern Canadian boreal forest)

PhD based at the University of Quebec at Rimouski (Quebec, Canada) in collaboration with other research institutes

We are seeking an outstanding Ph D candidate to accomplish a thesis in dendrochronology on the drivers of forest productivity (temperature, precipitations, CO2, volcanoes, disturbances, etc.) during the last millennium in the eastern Canadian boreal forest. The project will be undertaken at the University of Quebec at Rimouski (UQAR; http://labdendro.uqar.ca) in collaboration with the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM), University of Quebec in Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT), and the Québec’s Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks. The thesis will be part of a larger project with aims of using tree-ring metrics (width, density, stable isotopes) as well as ecophysiological modelling to disentangle the relative contributions of drivers on forest productivity.

The selected candidate will be responsible for developing millennial tree ring series from subfossil stems preserved in lakes. A major challenge will be to produce long chronologies free of biases due to scaling problems (from samples to trees, to stands, to region).

The candidate will actively contribute to the fieldwork, as well as to the production and interpretation of data and to the writing of scientific manuscripts. He/she will benefit from the diversified expertise of our team in the fields of forest ecology, dendrochronology, statistical and process-based modeling of tree growth and analysis of various tree ring signals. The candidate will be awarded a financial support of $21,000 (Canadian dollars) per year for a period of three years.

We are looking for a passionate candidate with a master degree (MSc) in a relevant field (forestry, biology, geography, environmental sciences). The successful candidate will possess an excellent academic record as well as high analytical and problem solving skills. This person should be able to work with autonomy, curiosity, discipline and motivation within a multidisciplinary team. He /she must be willing to perform fieldwork in difficult conditions, possess a good team spirit and excellent writing skills.

The project will begin in May or September, 2020. Interested candidates must submit a letter of motivation, their academic transcripts, as well as the contact information of three references to Dominique Arseneault (dominique_arseneault@uqar.ca).

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1 PhD and 3 Msc positions on quantitative genetic and reproductive strategies in natural systems at uOttawa

Multiple graduate student positions (Msc and PhD) available in Julien Martin lab’s at the University of Ottawa (https://juliengamartin.github.io). Enthusiastic graduate students will carry out research on reproductive strategies and life-history trade-offs using a quantitative genetic approach based on several long-term studies including the yellow-bellied marmots project in Colorado (>55 years of data) and the alpine swifts project in Switzerland (>25 years of data). For more details about the projects go to https://juliengamartin.github.io/opportunities/.

Financial support is available for 3 and 2 years for PhD and Msc respectively. Students are expected to complete a minimum of one teaching assistantship per year.

The ideal candidate should have:

– BSc or Msc. in biology.

– A strong interest for statistical analyses and R programming.

– The ability to work alone and in teams.

– The motivation for long field seasons.

Students that are interested should send a writing sample (thesis, paper or scientific article), a CV, a motivation letter, and the contact of two references to Dr. Martin (julien.martin@uottawa.ca). We will continue to consider applications until the position is filled.

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Assistant Professor of Animal Cell and Molecular Physiology, Université de Montréal (Reference number FAS 09–19/5_2). Application deadline: 1 March 2020.

The Université de Montréal’s Département de sciences biologiques is soliciting candidates for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in animal biology, with a specific focus on cell and molecular physiology. The Physiology Group at the Université de Montréal conducts research on a diversity of topics including comparative physiology, cell signalling, mitochondrial physiology, developmental biology and plasticity of the nervous system. Applications are welcome until March 1, 2020.

Teaching responsibilities for this position include introductory physiology, cell biology, and opportunities to develop advanced specialized courses in cellular physiology and engage with other components of the Biology Department curriculum. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated research expertise in the fields of cell biology, molecular biology, comparative physiology, or molecular evolution. Expertise in modern microscopy techniques would be an asset. Successful candidates are expected to become as inspiring professors who develop a research program incorporating internal collaborations. Candidates must have a Ph.D. Prior teaching and postdoctoral experience is desirable.

The Biological Sciences Department has about 450 undergraduates, 120 graduate students and 32 full-time faculty. Undergraduate students earn a B.S. degree with a specialization in one of the following: Molecular and Cellular Biology, Physiology, and Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution. Faculty in the department have diverse research interests and participate in several interdisciplinary research groups. The Biological Sciences Department is located in Campus MIL together with Chemistry, Physics and Geography departments https://campusmil.umontreal.ca/.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, copies of their most recent publications, statements of teaching philosophy (max 1 page), and their proposed research program (max 2 pages). At least three professional references must be sent directly to the Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences by the referees.

Daniel Boisclair
Faculté des arts et sciences/Département de sciences biologiques
Campus MIL
1375 avenue Thérèse Lavoie-Roux
Montréal, QC
H2V 0B3
Téléphone: (514) 343-6875
Courriel : daniel.boisclair@umontreal.ca
Site web : bio.umontreal.ca

The Université de Montréal is the largest French-language public research university in the world. It is located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The institution comprises thirteen faculties, more than sixty departments and two affiliated schools: the Polytechnique Montréal (School of Engineering; formerly the École Polytechnique de Montréal) and HEC Montréal (School of Business). It offers more than 650 undergraduate programmes and graduate programmes, including 71 doctoral programmes.

An adequate knowledge of the French language (written and spoken) or a strong commitment to mastering the French language at the proficiency level is required, in accordance with Université de Montréal’s Language Policy. An institutional learning support program is offered to all professors wishing to learn French or improve their communication skills.

Université de Montréal is strongly committed to fostering diversity and inclusion. Through its Equal Access Employment Program, UdeM invites applications from women, Aboriginal people, visible and ethnic minorities, as well as persons with disabilities. We will –confidentially – adapt our recruitment mechanisms to the specific needs of people with disabilities who request it. We also welcome applications from candidates of all orientations and sexual identities. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadians and permanent residents.

Université de Montréal’s application process allows all members of the Professor’s Assembly to review the application files submitted. If you wish to keep your application confidential until the shortlist is established, please mention it in your application.

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Postdoctoral position: Population genomics of the invasion of the Great Lakes by sea lamprey, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Manitoba, Canada

POSITION START DATE: We’re targeting a start between March and July 2020, but we may be able to be flexible with start dates. Funding is for two years

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: We will begin review of applications 9 Feb 2020 and the position will remain open until filled

RANK: Post-doctoral fellow

SALARY RANGE: $45,000–$55,000 per annum (plus benefits), commensurate with qualifications and experience

PROJECT OVERVIEW: Sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) are native to the Atlantic Ocean and invasive in the Great Lakes, where they cause significant damage to the ecosystem and fishery. The objectives of this project are to use whole genome re-sequencing data to 1) model the invasion history of the Great Lakes system and 2) search for signatures of selection in the freshwater populations.

Sea lamprey likely moved into Lake Erie and the upper Great Lakes following completion of the Welland Canal which allowed passage around Niagara Falls. Current population connectivity among the upper Great Lakes, Lake Erie, and Lake Ontario, and between the marine and invasive freshwater populations is not well characterized. Our goal is to use whole genome re-sequencing of individuals sampled across 20 sample sites within the Great Lakes, the Finger Lakes, and Lake Champlain, and along the Atlantic coast to model the demographics of the invasion history and gene flow within this system.

The primary management tool currently in use to control the invasive sea lamprey populations is lampricide treatment. The use of lampricides has reduced and held adult sea lamprey abundance to ~10% of that observed prior to the start of control efforts thus potentially exerting strong selection. We are in the position to test for the evolution of lampricide resistance at a suite of candidate genes associated with physiological and transcriptomic responses to experimental lampricide applications identified in ongoing related work. Given the very different environmental conditions experienced in marine and freshwater environments, we also may find evidence for selection associated with selection pressures other than lampricide applications (e.g., associated with osmoregulation and life history trait variation).

Please send any additional questions about the position to colin.garroway@umanitoba.ca

JOB DESCRIPTION: The primary task of this position will be to model gene flow and the demography of the invasion at the best resolution our data affords, and to test for signatures of selection associated with candidate loci for lampricide resistance.

We also want to stress that the PDF will have the opportunity to develop and pursue other research questions of their own interests. You will be joining a well funded sea lamprey research program that is jointly led by Margaret Docker, Ken Jeffries, and myself Colin Garroway, and comprised of 2 postdocs, 2 PhD students, and 2 MSc students with additional students working on related questions in other species.

RESPONSIBILITIES: To contribute significantly to and lead experimental design, data interpretation, and statistical analysis related to the above described research objectives.

  • To trial new techniques and assay systems as required and keep abreast of the research literature relevant to the project.
  • Disseminate research through publications in peer reviewed journals.
  • To attend and contribute to research seminars, departmental meetings, and international conferences.
  • Carry out administrative roles as required, e.g. organising physical or remote meetings with collaborators and arranging travel to meetings.
  • Perform professional activities such as refereeing papers, editing journals, refereeing research grants, external examining, organising conferences, committee membership, and involvement with professional bodies.

 QUALIFICATIONS: PhD (current or expected at commencement of contract) in evolutionary biology, computational biology, or genetics.

  • Proven ability to process and analyse next-generation sequencing data.
  • Proficiency with analysis software and programming languages, as well as ability to write or adapt scripts and pipelines for in silico genetic analysis.
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently
  • Well-developed leadership and management skills

CONTACT: Applicants should send their curriculum vitae, a cover letter expressing their research experience and research interests, and the names of three referees by email to:

Colin Garroway
Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences,
University of Manitoba
garroway-lab.com
Colin.garroway@umanitoba.ca

The University of Manitoba is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from women, racialized persons/persons of colour, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with the protection of privacy provision of The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (Manitoba). Please note that curriculum vitae may be provided to participating members of the search process.

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Regulatory Specialist (2 Year Term Position), Wek’èezhìi Land and Water Board, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

The Tlicho People have strong, traditional ties to the land, water, and wildlife, so ensuring responsible use of land and water for the benefit of Tlicho People is of paramount importance.

The Regulatory Specialist is responsible for coordinating submissions made to the Board, managing public reviews, conducting environmental impact assessments, liaising with government, industry, First Nations, and other stakeholders, managing various projects, and carrying out technical reviews.

If you have environmental and technical experience and are interested in joining a high-performing team in a fast-paced, progressive, and dynamic environment, we encourage you to apply.

The successful applicant will have a relevant degree and demonstrate the following competencies in their cover letter and resume:

  • strong technical writing ability;
  • strong written and oral communications skills;
  • project and time management skills;
  • cultural awareness; and
  • an understanding of relevant environmental legislation.

The starting salary for this position ranges from $83,007 to $89,324 per year plus a comprehensive benefits package that includes over $10,000 per year in allowances. This is a two-year term position with the possibility of a further extension. Interested candidates are asked to submit their cover letter and resume by Sunday, January 19, 2020 to:

Attn: Allan Twissell at NorthWays Consulting
RE: WLWB Regulatory Specialist Competition
e-mail: northwayscareers@northwestel.net

Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Candidates may be considered on future competitions. Thank you for your interest in this competition.

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INTERESTED IN GRADUATE RESEARCH ON PTARMIGAN HABITAT ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT IN LABRADOR?

GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP (M.Sc.) at Memorial University (St. John’s and Corner Brook, NL, Canada) beginning September 2020 — A M.Sc. graduate assistantship is available to conduct research assessing spatial ecology and habitat use of ptarmigan species in Labrador. Specific goals include developing a clear understanding of ptarmigan winter and summer range, mapping potential habitat for ptarmigan, and predicting potential impacts of climate change on ptarmigan populations and migration. The project will be conducted in collaboration with staff from Nunatsiavut Government, members of local communities of Labrador, and staff from both the Newfoundland and Labrador Wildlife Division and Parks Canada.

The position will be co-supervised by Dr. Ian Warkentin (Memorial University) and Dr. Darroch Whitaker (Parks Canada). There will be an opportunity to participate in field work being carried out by the Newfoundland and Labrador Wildlife Division, but primary responsibility of the student will be analyses of tracking data.  Strong applicants will have (1) developed statistical skills (experience working with large datasets would be an asset) and (2) experience working with geospatial data and applications such as ARC GIS.  The candidate must meet Cognitive and Behavioural Ecology Program requirements (www.mun.ca/become/graduate/programs/cognitive.php) with a B.Sc. in biology, ecology or relevant field and be eligible for fellowship support (minimum 75% average); stipend of $20,500 plus research funding, with the opportunity to earn more through teaching assistant positions.  Please send (as electronic attachments) a letter of interest, CV and un-official transcripts, and also arrange for three professional/academic references to be sent to DR. IAN WARKENTIN (Email ian.warkentin-at-grenfell.mun.ca). Application review begins 1 February 2020 and continues until the position is filled.

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Regulatory Specialist, Tłı̨chǫ Government

Tłı̨chǫ Government invites all suitable qualified candidatesto apply for the Regulatory Specialist re-advertised position.

Tłı̨chǫ Government is committed to attracting and recruiting the best possible candidates for available positions. The principles of fairness, qualifications and Tłı̨chǫ citizenship guide the hiring of Tłı̨chǫ Government employees.

POSITION TITLE:               Regulatory Specialist
DEPARTMENT:                  Culture and Lands Protection
LOCATION:         Yellowknife, NT
STATUS:               Full Time, Permanent
CLOSING DATE:                January 17, 2020; 5:00 pm

OUTLINE OF POSITION:

Reporting to the Manager, Lands Regulation, the Regulatory Specialist is accountable for conducting technical assessments; making recommendations on land and water use submissions; reviews for mining and other land use developments on Tłı̨chǫ lands and within Mǫwhì Gogha Dè Nı̨ı̨tłèè; providing technical advice relating to industrial, mining and other developments; and monitoring and evaluating compliance of land use permits, water license and access agreement conditions. The Regulatory Specialist has significant latitude in conducting technical reviews and making recommendations concerning land, water and resource submissions and reviews.

SKILLS & KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED:

  • Post-secondary degree in civil, environmental or mine engineering, environmental science, management or equivalent
  • Familiarity with conducting technical reviews of environmental applications, submissions and reviews, particularly for mining and industrial developments
  • Familiarity with land and resource management systems and approaches, and the legislative and regulatory regime (Tłı̨chǫ laws, MVRMA) applying to Wek’èezhı̀i and Mǫwhì Gogha Dè Nı̨ı̨tłèè especially the land use permitting and water licensing processes
  • Familiarity with mapping systems and the concepts and techniques of land and resource management in northern Canada
  • Highly developed analytic and practical reasoning abilities
  • Sensitivity to and willingness to be guided by Tłı̨chǫ geographical and land and resource use concepts and traditions
  • Good mathematical and problem-solving abilities
  • Very good interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work as a team member
  • Very good computer skills and the ability to use electronic data bases and filing systems
  • Ability to work with Tłı̨chǫ community members, particularly elders and harvesters
  • Ability to speak the Tłı̨chǫ language is an asset

For a copy of the Job Description, email hr@tlicho.com

 To apply, submit your resume and cover letter to hr@tlicho.com

Human Resources, Department of Corporate Services, Tłı̨chǫ Ndek’àowo / Tłı̨chǫ Government
P.O. Box 412, Behchokǫ̀, NT, X0E 0Y0
Tel: 867.392.6381 • Fax 867.392.6862
www.tlicho.ca

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Multiple graduate positions in honey bee health genomics at York University, Toronto, Canada.

The Zayed lab (http://www.yorku.ca/zayedlab/) in the Department of Biology at York University (Toronto, Canada) is looking for enthusiastic graduate students (PhD or MSc), starting September 2020, to carry out research on a Genome Canada funded project called BeeCSI (beecsi.ca). Our team will develop biomarkers for a large number of stressors, and combinations of stressors, that affect the health of honey bees. This effort will ultimately involve analysis of approximately 3,000 honey bee transcriptomes, proteomes and gut microbiomes in collaboration with a large network of researchers from across Canada including colleagues at UBC, AAFC, University of Manitoba, University of Guelph, and Laval University.

Successful candidates will receive training in genomics, bioinformatics and sociobiology in a very collaborative environment. Additionally, candidates will benefit from interacting with many researchers at YorkU’s Bee Ecology, Evolution and Conservation consortium (BEEc, https://bees.yorku.ca). Together, BEEc includes 10 full time faculty (4 bee biologists, 1 mathematician, 1 engineer, and 4 social scientists), 39 graduate students, 11 post-doctoral fellows, and 4 research assistants and associates.

Toronto is a great city to live and work in; BEEtheNORTH! If you are interested, please send your c.v., contacts for 3 references, and a cover letter to zayed@yorku.ca

Information about applying to graduate school at York University can be found here
https://biology.gradstudies.yorku.ca/apply/

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Ph.D. project : Forecasting the spread of spruce budworm outbreaks

Context

The spruce budworm  (SBW,  Choristoneura fumiferana) is the most important defoliating insect of coniferous stands in North America. In 2017, this insect affected an area of 7 million hectares, more than 12% of Quebec’s boreal forest.

The frequency of SBW outbreaks has changed over the last century, and both their frequency and severity are expected to increase due to climate change. Thus, if we could improve our capacity to forecast which areas will be affected by an ongoing outbreak, the economic (timber loss and growth reduction) and ecological (carbon emissions) impacts of the outbreaks could be partly mitigated.

Objectives and Methodology

This project aims to develop spatiotemporal models of the spread of SBW outbreaks at the scale of Quebec, as a function of the climate and the structure of the forest landscape. Those models will synthesize various sources of data already available (aerial surveys, remote sensing, dendrochronological series). Several advanced approaches to ecological modeling (hierarchical models, machine learning) will be used and the resulting models will be evaluated on their ability to predict the dynamics of an outbreak after being trained on data from the previous outbreak. Access to Compute Canada supercomputers will allow the application of complex models to large datasets.

Keywords: sustainable forest management, climate change, forest ecology, spatial modelling, natural disturbances.

Location: The student will be based at the Forest Research Institute (IRF; https://www.uqat.ca/programmes/irf/) at the Rouyn-Noranda or Amos campus of the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, and will be co-supervised by Philippe Marchand (https://bit.ly/2DFyGl6) and Miguel Montoro Girona (https://bit.ly/34LfttX). The IRF is dynamic, multicultural and international and provides a quality environment for students to develop their research, with 12 professors and more than 60 graduate students working on very diverse topics such as forest dynamics, silviculture, genetics, biodiversity, ecophysiology and sustainable forest management. IRF students also benefit from professional development resources and opportunities (scholarships, participation in conferences, workshops) offered by the Centre for Forest Research (www.cef-cfr.ca). In addition, the student will be a member of the Chair in Sustainable Forest Management (http://chaireafd.uqat.ca/). As part of this project, the student will also have the option of completing an international internship funded with our collaborators in the United States (Harvard University) or the Netherlands (Wageningen University).

Funding: $21,000 annual scholarship for 3 years.

Preferred qualifications: Master’s in ecology or forestry with an interest in statistics and modelling, OR Master’s in mathematics, statistics, geomatics or informatics, with an interest in their environmental applications in a context of climate change.

Preferred start date: Summer or Fall 2020

Project collaborators: Yves Bergeron (UQAT), Mathieu Bouchard (MFFP), Louis De Grandpré (SCF), Matthew Duveneck (Harvard), Élise Filotas (TÉLUQ), Anouschka Hof (Wageningen), Hubert Morin (UQAC), Pierre Therrien (MFFP).

Are you ready to begin your Ph.D. on this fascinating topic? Send your CV, a cover letter, a transcript and contact information for two references to Philippe Marchand (philippe.marchand@uqat.ca) and Miguel Montoro Girona (miguel.montoro@uqat.ca). Review of applications will start on January 20, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. A professional adventure in the great boreal forest of Abitibi awaits you!

Links :

Abitibi-Témiscamingue Tourism : https://www.abitibi-temiscamingue-tourism.org/

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M.Sc. project: Historical impact of climate on the defoliation of black spruce by the spruce budworm

Context

The spruce budworm  (SBW,  Choristoneura fumiferana) is the most important defoliating insect of coniferous stands in North America. In 2017, this insect affected an area of 7 million hectares, more than 12% of Quebec’s boreal forest.

Black spruce, one of the most abundant and economically important species in the boreal forest, is relatively resistant to SBW outbreaks. However, studies have shown that a warming climate, creating greater synchronicity between the emergence of black spruce buds and SBW larvae, would increase the susceptibility of this species to future outbreaks.

Objectives and Methodology

This project aims to determine the interaction between climate and defoliation caused by SBW on the growth of forest stands in the 20th century throughout Quebec. We will use existing dendrochronological (tree ring measurements) databases  for black spruce and the other SBW-affected species, white spruce and balsam fir, to model their growth as a function of climate in the presence or absence of an outbreak (https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2018.01905). Hierarchical models will allow dendrochronological series to be combined with other sources of information on outbreaks (e.g. aerial surveys since 1968) and produce more accurate maps of the historical progression of SBW activity. Access to Compute Canada supercomputers will allow the application of complex models to large datasets.

Keywords: sustainable forest management, climate change, forest ecology, dendrochronology, natural disturbances.

Location: The student will be based at the Forest Research Institute (IRF; https://www.uqat.ca/programmes/irf/) at the Rouyn-Noranda or Amos campus of the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, and will be co-supervised by Philippe Marchand (https://bit.ly/2DFyGl6) and Miguel Montoro Girona (https://bit.ly/34LfttX). The IRF is dynamic, multicultural and international and provides a quality environment for students to develop their research, with 12 professors and more than 60 graduate students working on very diverse topics such as forest dynamics, silviculture, genetics, biodiversity, ecophysiology and sustainable forest management. IRF students also benefit from professional development resources and opportunities (scholarships, participation in conferences, workshops) offered by the Centre for Forest Research (www.cef-cfr.ca). In addition, the student will be a member of the Chair in Sustainable Forest Management (http://chaireafd.uqat.ca/). As part of this project, the student will also have the option of completing an international internship funded with our collaborators in the United States (Harvard University) or the Netherlands (Wageningen University).

Funding: $18,000 annual scholarship for 2 years.

Preferred qualifications: Undergraduate degree in biology, ecology, environmental science or forestry with an interest in statistics, GIS and modelling, OR degree in mathematics, statistics, geomatics or informatics, with an interest in their environmental applications in a context of climate change.

Preferred start date: Summer or Fall 2020

Project collaborators: Yves Bergeron (UQAT), Mathieu Bouchard (MFFP), Louis De Grandpré (SCF), Matthew Duveneck (Harvard), Élise Filotas (TÉLUQ), Anouschka Hof (Wageningen), Hubert Morin (UQAC), Pierre Therrien (MFFP).

Are you ready to begin your Master’s on this fascinating topic? Send your CV, a cover letter, a transcript and contact information for two references to Philippe Marchand (philippe.marchand@uqat.ca) and Miguel Montoro Girona (miguel.montoro@uqat.ca). Review of applications will start on January 20, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. A professional adventure in the great boreal forest of Abitibi awaits you!

Links :

Abitibi-Témiscamingue Tourism : https://www.abitibi-temiscamingue-tourism.org/

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